"Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the lifeblood of real civilization."
"Good fortune deceives, but bad fortune enlightens."
-- The Consolation of Philosophy (trans. Victor Watts)
"Prejudice is prejudging any question without having sufficiently examined it, and adhering to our opinion upon it through ignorance, malice or perversity, in spite of every evidence to the contrary."
"During the Kamakura period, Zen received its warmest reception among the warrior class -- the samurai. According to a popular saying of the time: 'Tendai is for the imperial court, Shingon for the nobility, Zen is for the warrior class, and Pure Land for the masses.'"
Heinrich Dumoulin, Zen Buddhism: A History (Japan), p. 31
"What most people call conscience is one-fifth fear of others, one-fifth fear of gods and idols, one-fifth prejudice, one-fifth vanity, and one-fifth habit."
-- Arthur Schophenhauer, On the Basis of Morality, § 13 (my very loose translation).
"Most great men owe their salvation to the fact that their strength exists in a watertight compartment to which their weaknesses have no access."
From Ernest Newman's 1934 biograpy of Franz Liszt
"If I cross the street with a woman, I am an adulterer; if I cross it with a man, I am a homosexual; if I cross it by myself am addicted to masturbation." -- Karl Kraus
"All history is but a seamless web; and he who endeavors to tell but a piece of it must feel that his first sentence tears the fabric."
'The fundamental rule of political analysis from the point of psychology is, follow the sacredness, and around it is a ring of motivated ignorance.'
“We are not going to have fire and brimstone and sex workers raining down from the sky.”